The 2nd Conference on China-Italy Innovation Cooperation and the 1st Meeting of Innovation Steering Committee was held in Nanjing on October 31st, 2011. Minister Wan Gang, Italian Minister of Public Administration and Innovation Renato Brunetta and Vice Governor of Jiangsu Provincial Government He Quan addressed the opening ceremony. Nearly 500 representatives from over 170 innovative enterprises, governmental departments, universities and research institutes of the two countries attended the conference.
At the opening ceremony, Minister Wan briefed the participants on China's innovation policies and the major steps taken in following up the Three-year Action Plan for Enhancing China-Italy Economic Cooperation. He also made detailed proposals on the establishment of China-Italy Technology Transfer Center, Design Innovation Center and E-government Center, as well as on the interaction between science parks and major research cooperation. Minister Brunetta spoke highly of Wan's proposals.
Minister Wan and Minister Brunetta then co-chaired the 1st Meeting of China-Italy Innovation Steering Committee. Both sides reviewed the progress of innovation cooperation platform, recognizing the bilateral partnership and having in-depth discussion on the prospect and actions of practical cooperation.